Murder Ink: 2 murders this week; 126 murders this year

Only two murders this week, not counting that eight-year-old girl run down by a kid in a stolen Jeep.

Baltimore's murderers took it easy this week, chalking down just two deaths, not counting Amirah Kinlaw, an eight-year-old girl who was run down by a 14-year-old boy fleeing police in a stolen Jeep. Baltimore Police do not count traffic fatalities—even hit-and-run cases in which the suspect was already committing crimes—as homicides for the official count. There were 13 non-fatal shootings, including a 21-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant. Mother and baby were both in critical condition.

Monday, June 13

4:39 p.m. Steven Nelson, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 3600 block of Brehms Lane when someone shot him. He died there. Nelson had resided on the 3300 block of Dudley Avenue. He was the fourth person murdered in Belair-Edison neighborhood in 2016.

Tuesday, June 14

3:20 a.m. Travonn Barnett, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sitting on a stoop on the 1500 block of Gorsuch Avenue when someone shot him in the chest. Police found him there and medics took him to a hospital, but he died later that day. Barnett had resided on the 1400 block of Montpelier Street, about two blocks from where he was killed, according to police. He was the fourth person murdered in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood this year. Last year there were eight.

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